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AJAX: "Stronger Than Dirt!"

Computational biologist and blogger Neil Saunders invites his bioinformatics-loving peers to try out AJAX when building their next web applications. He takes his readers through a programmatic step-by-step, showing them how to write the code for a simple form page.  The form allows users to select a given gene UID from the NCBI Gene Database and then returns with the associated protein name -- all without having to reload the page.

Calling it the "
equivalent of 'Hello World,'" this morning's post might go better with two shots of espresso, rather than one.  Or, a bowl of oatmeal, depending on how far along you are in your
AJAX tutorial.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.